Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

I’m not sure if any of you will be interested in what we’ve done over these last few days, now that Chinese New Year finished a week ago, but hey ho, you’ll just have to bookmark this post for next year! šŸ˜‰

A few of our families attended theĀ procession in Manchester for the first time,Ā the day before we came back to school this week. I thought it would be a lotĀ more meaningful for them after the experience, than before so set up some related activities for them to enjoy…


SensoryĀ Tub

We talked about the link with Chinese New Year & the colours, red & gold. This sensory tub was great fun to explore. I found the gold ‘scoops’ in a Manchester Chinese wholesalers.

Chinese-Inspired Sensory Tub from Rachel (",)

Exploring the Chinese-inspired sensory tub from Rachel (",)


‘Noodles’ on the Finger Gym

I wish our Chinese takeaways came in cartons like this! I got these from eBay & we used them in various activities. The ‘noodles’ here are actually cut up pieces of wool. If this activity was in the water tray I’d have used spaghetti, but I think the cleanerĀ would have had a heart attack if I’d have used them here, as my Finger Gym is on the carpet šŸ˜‰

Chinese New Year... Noodles (wool) on the Finger Gym from Rachel (",)


Red EnvelopeĀ Fine Motor Fun

Using tweezers to put the ‘lucky’ pennies into the red envelopes…

Chinese red envelopes, tweezers and pennies - from Rachel (",)


Transient Patterns & Chinese Characters

I’ve had these Mandarin numbers for years now. There are lots ofĀ sites which produce versions of them. I’m not actually sure where these particular ones came from (could have been the TES), but if anyone knows, please let me know so that I can credit the source!!

Chinese New Year... transient patterns from Rachel (",)

They children enjoyed using their fine motor skills to trace the chalked characters & of course theyĀ also had the opportunity to attempt to write some themselves.

Chinese New Year - transient patterns from Rachel (",)

When we needed the large table for some painting, I transferred the sand to a smaller round tray…

Chinese New Year... patterns in red sand from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

You can see the maths opportunities I provided for Chinese New Year last yearĀ here. We’ve had some similar activities this year, but instead,Ā I created numbered dragon heads so that the children had the challenge of threading the correct number of beads for the tail. I got the dragon head image from hereĀ & added the numbers myself.

Chinese New Year Related Maths Opportunities from Rachel (",)

The following is just the same as the counting activity we completed in this Christmas post, but instead of Christmas boxes I used Chinese takeaway cartons & just selectedĀ red & gold baubles.

Chinese New Year... counting - from Rachel (",)


Story Telling

I always set up the Chinese New Year ‘race’ with small world figures; it’s a fab way to encourage story retelling…

The Race from The Chinese New Year story - from Rachel (",)

… this year, I made story stones too…

Chinese New Year Story Stones from Rachel (",)

… we also toldĀ it outside…

Chinese New Year - 'The Race' (outdoors) from Rachel (",)


Play Dough Fun

Again, a bit of a red & gold theme going on with this…

Chinese New Year... Red and 'Gold' Play Dough from Rachel (",)


Discovery Table

The children love looking at the Chinese characters so theĀ free Chinese newspapers (fromĀ the wholesalers) were very popular…

Chinese New Year Discovery Table from Rachel (",)


Numbers on the Light Box

The laminated cellophane numbers have come out again…

Chinese New Year... counting on the lightbox from Rachel (",)


Red & Gold on the Mirror Box

Chinese New Year... Red and Gold on the Mirror Box from Rachel (",)


Simple Paintings

The simple red, black & gold paintings (with a touch of glitter) were simple but effective…

Chinese New Year... red, gold and black paintings from Rachel (",)


Kung Hei Fat Choy!

ThanksĀ for reading!

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'Chinese Castle' creation from Rachel (",)

‘Chinese Castle’ – abandoned play (“,)


Chinese New Year... 'Abandoned Play' - from Rachel (",)

‘Abandoned Play’ (“,)

– Rachel (“,)


  1. I am so glad you shared these! These activities are beyond beautiful! I’m sharing on fb soon and have pinned šŸ™‚ Again, I just love your posts!!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Yuliya – & for the fb share (“,)

    • Thank you! šŸ™‚

  2. Where did you get your numbers that are in the picture with the containers?

    • I just buy plain wooden numbers from Hobbycraft (in the UK) & paint them.

  3. Where did you get the wooden tray with numbers? (game with dragon head counting and patterns). Thanks

    • It’s a ‘Shut the Box’ game and was from eBay, I think. Amazon do them too šŸ™‚

      • Thanks


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